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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday took cognisance of the media reports into the allegations regarding the sale of fake degrees by certain universities. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday took cognisance of the media reports into the allegations regarding the sale of fake degrees by certain universities. It directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to immediately constitute a high-level committee to inquire into the allegations. “In response to media reports, the Human Resource Development Ministry has ordered UGC to immediately constitute a high-level committee to enquire into the allegations regarding the sale of fake degrees by certain universities,” the ministry said in a statement. The committee has been tasked to complete its enquiry within three weeks. “The committee is required to complete its enquiry within three weeks and identify institutions and individuals that have resorted to such illegal practices so that strict action can be taken against all concerned,” it said. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that he has instructed the concerned institutions to conduct a strict investigation into the matter. “Whoever is guilty, strict action will be taken against them,” he wrote on Twitter. In an investigation, News18 revealed that it met some agents from an educational consultancy who claimed they would provide educational degrees without the need to attend classes or appear for examinations. An agent from Navi Mumbai’s Koparkhairane-based consultancy said that he can provide degrees from two well-known universities and claimed to conclude the entire process within 45 days. The universities – Yashwantrao Chavan University and Solapur University – both of which are approved by the UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The agent handed over the backdated degrees and assured that the entry of these forged documents would be done in the university’s records. The investigation further showed that the charges for obtaining engineering, LLB and Ph.D vary from one university to another. The amount charged for an engineering degree was Rs 75,000 for a course of three years, while a law degree from a university in Uttar Pradesh can be bought for Rs 2 lakh. Source: FinancialExpress
JAIPUR: The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) launched an inquiry against six universities, including the Sunrise University of Alwar , for alleged ‘sale’ of fake degrees on Thursday. The ministry constituted a high-powered committee after allegations of selling fake degrees surfaced earlier in the day. In a sting operation, officials of these universities had promised to provided degrees to students without attending classes and writing examinations. The high-powered committee pulled up the higher education official in Rajasthan over the phone for not regulating private universities. Sensing the seriousness of the matter, MHRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted, “I have directed related agencies to carry out a thorough probe.” These universities include three private ones, Sunrise University in Alwar, Kalinga University in Chattisgarh and Himalayan University in Arunachal Pradesh, and three state varsities—Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in Maharastra, Solapur University and Andhra University in Vishakapatnam. The probe committee members include Dev Swarup, additional secretary of UGC; Yogesh Singh, VC of Delhi Technological University; A C Pandey, director of inter-university accelerator centre, New Delhi; D P Verma, additional director, National Judicial Academy of India, Bhopal; K P S Unny, former professor and registrar, Jawaharlal Nehru University. “The committee will probe allegations against these universities with full fairness and will complete the probe within the stipulated period of time,” Dev Swarup told TOI. Though TOI called and messaged T K Agarwal, owner of the Sunrise University, he didn't respond. The state higher education minister, Bhanwar Singh Bhati, was also unavailable for comments. The probe committee held its first meeting on Thursday evening in New Delhi. “The concerned officials of universities and respective state government higher education officials, including those from the Rajasthan government, were called and asked to thoroughly investigate the matter. They were also asked to file criminal cases against these varsities,” said an MHRD source. The ministry had already put private universities of Rajasthan under the scanner for registering a whopping 70% growth in PhD registrations in 2017. The state has 55 private universities, the highest in the country. The state had carried an inquiry against four private universities and found they had violated UGC norms at every level. But no severe action was taken, leaving the fates of hundreds of students in limbo. Source: Times Of India
An agent approached by an undercover team agreed to provide fake educational certificates from universities recognised by both the UGC and the AICTE. He said the entire process would take 45 days Mumbai: An exclusive investigation carried out by News18 has uncovered the dark side of education institutions where degrees are on sale. A team of undercover reporters approached some agents who claimed they would provide us educational degrees without attending classes or appearing for examinations. The team met Swapnil Gaikwad, who claimed to be an agent of Key Education Consultancy in Navi Mumbai’s Koparkhairane. He agreed to get us a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree backdated to 2016. Gaikwad told us that he can provide degrees from two well-known universities – these include Yashwantrao Chavan University and Solapur University, both of which are approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Gaikwad said the entire process would take 45 days. Scanned copies of the educational degrees would be showed to us in 30 days and the hard copies handed over within the next 10-15 days. What is even more shocking is that the candidate is not required to attend classes or visit the university — everything is already done since it is backdated, said Gaikwad. The main thing is to add these forged documents to the university’s records, he added. When we raised doubts about the authenticity of the degree, Gaikwad tried to convince us by saying, "It's an original certificate, along with the records. It's available for verification." We were also offered degrees in engineering, LLB and Ph.D from different universities — the charges for them vary. The amount charged for an engineering degree was Rs 75,000 for a course of three years. We had to pay half the amount as advance and the rest upon receiving the scanned and hard copies. The Ph.D degree offered was from the Andhra University — we were told that the thesis and synopsis will also be provided. Gaikwad told that he could get us a law degree for Rs 2 lakh from a University in Uttar Pradesh. According to a whistleblower, an increase in the number of universities is the major reason that has led to the expansion of the degree market. "Every university has a target. Some universities are doing well, some are average performing, and some are doing badly. To fulfil the target of universities doing badly, these centres have been established. These centres play as the marketing partners of the university and sell the certificates. It’s a win-win situation for both -- the candidate gets certificate and the university gets admissions," said the whistleblower. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday took cognisance of the investigationand directed the UGC to immediately constitute a high-level committee to inquire into the allegations. "The committee is required to complete its inquiry within three weeks and identify institutions and individuals that have resorted to such illegal practices so that strict action can be taken against all concerned," it further said. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said he has instructed the concerned institutions to conduct strict investigation. "Whoever is guilty, strict action will be taken against them," he wrote on Twitter. Source: News18
The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into Shahdara DM issuing fake certificates to 400-odd people to help them bag jobs in the civil defence department. A district magistrate in Delhi faces an inquiry after he allegedly issued fake certificates to over 400 people from another state to help them secure positions in the civil defence department. The accused, identified as Shahdara DM Kuldeep Pakad, allegedly issued certificates to 400 people, mostly from his home state, certifying them as Delhi residents. Confirming the case, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said an inquiry has been ordered. The committee has been asked to submit a report in the case within two days, he added. "The allegations against the officer are serious in nature. An inquiry has been instituted and the report is likely to be submitted in a day or two. Based on the findings, action will be taken against the officer," the transport minister told India Today. The transport minister said the process of hiring civil defence volunteers (CDVs) as bus marshals has been put on hold in Shahdara district till the inquiry is complete. "We have enough time as new buses will be added to the fleet in a phased manner," he said. What is the case The transport department of the Delhi government recently asked DMs of all districts to provide CDVs to be hired as marshals in DTC buses. With a vacancy of 10,000 marshals, the transport department was looking for CDVs from all districts. Shahdara district magistrate Kuldeep Pakad allegedly issued fake certificates to approximately 400 people from his home state. In these certificates, Kuldeep stated that they were residents of Delhi. Source:IndiaToday
SFI said various instances of 'paid doctoral degrees' have been reported and this will culminate in destroying the quality and credibility of higher education and research activities in the country. NEW DELHI: The "mushrooming growth of fake higher degree holders" is a matter of great concern and is an "insult to the entire research community" of the country, wrote Students Federation of India (SFI) to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and asked for corrective measures to stop the menace. The organisation said various instances of 'paid doctoral degrees' have been reported and this will culminate in destroying the quality and credibility of higher education and research activities in the country. "Lack of stringent actions curbing of the award of fake Ph.D degrees is in another way questioning and nullifying the genuine effort of scholars who work hard for a better part of their life," the letter said. The letter also mentions a detailed study, according to that, "there is an influential mafia network that facilitate this fake degree infrastructure and it is also a shocking fact that many of those people who hold these fake degrees are people at highly influential positions". It said the Fake Degrees and titles earned by certain fraud academicians and practitioners are being misused and are often used for cheating the general public. It is also alarming that the fraud degree holders are publicizing the news of the award of the doctoral degree in leading newspapers and other media platforms. The organisation also wrote to the ministry regarding the growth of fake admission racket across the nation. The student body asked the MHRD to take necessary steps, especially, in formulating proper guidelines and also setting up a high-level committee that can enquire these issues and help in establishing an infrastructure that can supervise and ensure the quality of academic admissions as well as awards. Source:NDTV
AGRA: Following over three months of investigation, Agra police has filed a chargesheet against Congress MLA from Rajasthan’s Bari seat for using fraudulent means to obtain a Class X UP Board certificate. The investigation found Girraj Singh Malinga, a third-term legislator, used a fake education certificate of class IX to appear as a private student from a city school. Malinga went on to clear all the papers and obtained the class X certificate in 2016. Talking to TOI over the phone, MLA Girraj Singh said, “The entire case is fake and part of a political vendetta against me. It’s BJP government in UP and they can do anything. Police are completely biased against me. But I am sure of getting justice from the court.” On January 17, Suman Devi, principal of state government aided DAV Inter College, following orders of the district inspector of schools had filed an FIR against the Congress MLA at the Madan Mohan Gate police station. On basis of the complaint, police registered a case against Girraj Singh under IPC’s section 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property). The issue came to light when the office of Agra DIOS received a complaint on January 2, 2019, claiming that Malinga used fake documents to appear as a private candidate for class X board examination from DAV Inter College, Motikatra, Agra. Complainant Jasvant Singh Gurjar, who was defeated by Malinga in the 2018 assembly polls, had enclosed several proofs to support his claim. On basis of the complaint, DIOS Ravindra Singh ordered an investigation. Malinga, however, had said that the complaint against him was politically motivated. The chargesheet filed by Agra police mentioned that Girraj Singh, son of Chhotey Singh (roll number – 4001843), took class X examination in 2016 on the basis of fake documents of class IX. He had submitted class IX mark sheet of session 1990-91 of the state government higher secondary school in Nidhara, Bari in Dholpur. However, the principal of the Dholpur school informed the Agra DIOS it didn’t run secondary classes in 1990-91. The school took admission of students in class X for the first time in 2009-10 and added higher secondary level (Class XII) in 2015-16. In his affidavit submitted before the Election Commission in 2008 and 2013, MLA Girraj Singh mentioned that his qualification is class VI. In 2018 election affidavit, he claimed to have studied till high school. Deputy superintendent of police Abdul Qadir said, “A chargesheet filed against the MLA Girraj Singh in a case related to use of fake academic documents has been accepted by the court of additional chief judicial magistrate.” “Further action will be taken on basis of the court’s orders,” the officer said. Source: TheTimesofIndia
Vadodara: The detection of crime branch (DCB) has busted a fake degree certificate racket and arrested two persons on Wednesday. The owners of Kaplon Group were nabbed after the crime branch received a complaint against them some time ago. The accused duo, identified as Viral Jaiswal and Nilay Shah, used to sell fake degrees and marksheets to needy students in exchange of a hefty fee. The police said that the complainant Prashant Rathod had visited Kaplon’s in 2016 as he wanted to go to the US. “Rathod used to stay with his mother and he wanted to study in the US. He hadn’t passed HSC so he needed a passing certificate. Jaiswal promised him a HSC certificate and charged him Rs 20,000,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, DCP (crime). After Rathod received his certificate, his friend checked online and found that the certificate is bogus. “Rathod approached Jaiswal and said that he didn’t want a fake certificate. He demanded his money back but Jaiswal refused to refund the amount. Rathod then decided to approach the police. We registered his complaint and nabbed the accused,” Jadeja told TOI. The police recovered 72 fake certificates, bogus degrees and marksheets from Kaplon’s premises in Windsor Plaza, Alkapuri. The degrees and marksheets belonged to different institutes and universities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. “The accused used to charge anywhere between Rs 60,000 to Rs 90,000 for providing fake such certificates. We are now trying to find out the people who have bought such degrees,” Jadeja said. He added that there is a complete gang involved in this racket. “The marksheets and degrees that have holograms and barcodes that look real. This must be the work of experts who have been involved in such frauds in the past too. We will track them down now,” Jadeja added. The police said that Kaplon was started in 2006 to provide coaching to students for different coursesVadodara: The detection of crime branch (DCB) has busted a fake degree certificate racket and arrested two persons on Wednesday. The owners of Kaplon Group were nabbed after the crime branch received a complaint against them some time ago. The accused duo, identified as Viral Jaiswal and Nilay Shah, used to sell fake degrees and marksheets to needy students in exchange of a hefty fee. Source: TheTimesofIndia
CHENNAI: At least 11 professors from government arts and science colleges have been caught with fake PhD certificates and placed under suspension, prompting the directorate of collegiate education (DCE) to order verification of all certificates submitted by faculty members across government colleges in the state. Sources said the erring faculty members had submitted fake certificates from non-existent universities in Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Bihar. The DCE, in an RTI reply, said departmental action had been initiated against the professors caught with fake PhD certificates recently The recent bout of fake PhD certificate issue started when two assistant professors from the department of botany in Government Arts College in Ooty were held for producing fake education certificates in January this year. “One of them had produced a certificate in the name of Veer Ranveer University in Rajasthan and another member produced the certificate from Meghalaya — both are non-existent universities,” an official source said. Some of the professors claimed that at least 50 more fake PhD-holding faculty could still be in the rolls of government and governmentaided colleges in the state. “The DCE is lenient and is not taking strong action against the faculty members who produced fake certificates to get appointment as assistant professors. Even now, the suspended faculty members are receiving half their salary from the government,” they said. “Now, government-aided colleges are also affected by the fake certificates issue. The punishment is not severe. Those who submit fake certificates must be immediately suspended from service,” said N Pasupathy, president, Association of University Teachers (AUT). “Most of the fake PhD certificates were generated in the name of universities in north India, and there is no mechanism to verify them. The authorities need to scrutinize the certificates during recruitment or immediately after recruitment,” he Said Peers call for PhD certificate with QR code A faculty member in Ponneri college was also found holding fake PhD certificate from Magadh University in Bihar last year. During the verification, the university has said it has not issued the PhD certificate to him. Faculty associations have demanded state and central governments to introduce QR code in PhD certificates to prevent this malpractice. “The University Grants Commission (UGC), in its National Eligibility Test (NET) certificate, gives QR code. If the code is scanned, it will lead to the UGC’s website which will have the picture of candidate along with the score and exam details. Such a mechanism is necessary to prevent malpractices in PhD certificates as well,” said S Swaminathan, advisor of NET/SLET Association. Despite several attempts by TOI, R Sarumathi, director of collegiate education, was not available for comment. Source: TimesofIndia
VADODARA: A former contractual staffer of State Bank of India (SBI) and his wife were booked for taking loans to the tune of Rs 8.6 lakh by forging signatures and submitting fake documents. The accused Jignesh Mali had first taken a loan of Rs 1.6 lakh in 2015 against fixed deposits of a customer. Mali activated the customer’s netbanking services, siphoned the amount and then transferred the money to his wife Rekha’s bank accounts through netbanking. The customer and the officials of the bank’s personal banking branch at Race Course Road learnt about the loans when her fixed deposits matured in July 2017. By then Mali had left the job, but on contacting him, he repaid the amount within couple of days. Suspecting that he may have taken loans against other customers’ fixed deposits, the bank conducted an investigation. Rekha, who claimed to be a lab technician at ESI Hospital, also had her account in the same branch. When the bank officials checked her account, they learnt that in November 2014 Mali had issued an express credit loan of Rs seven lakh to her by submitting fake documents. When the documents were checked, it was revealed that she never worked at ESI Hospital and her all documents which had signatures of officials of hospital were all forged. Rekha had, however, repaid her loan by March 2017, but the installments were irregular. Police said that Mali had committed irregularities while performing additional duties of making online entries at the branch. Originally, he was recruited on contract for starting demat accounts of customers. An offence was registered against the couple at Gorwa police station on Saturday for cheating the bank and its customers and forging documents. Source: The Banking & Finance Post  Entrepreneur India